David Cameron’s official twitter account followed an escort agency, it has emerged.
The Prime Minister’s @Number10gov account followed Carltons of London, which described itself as an “elite London escort agency”.
A Downing Street spokeperson said that the ‘auto-follow’ facility set up by Labour’s social media team during Gordon Brown’s tenure is to blame for the follow.
“We have stopped following this particular account,” he said.
“Prior to 2010, an auto-follow process was used, meaning that @Number10gov automatically followed anyone who followed the account. This was common practice at the time for many corporate accounts, but was discontinued in 2009.
“As a result of this legacy, the @Number10gov account follows almost 370,000 accounts and we have taken steps to un-follow as many as possible that are inactive, spam or inappropriate. This work is ongoing.”